The Damage Done:

Activist campaigns to install surveillance cameras on Capitol Hill light poles; Fox TV seeks broadcast rights. -2

Hugh G. Rection turns up on District voter rolls; records indicate Rection voted for

Clinton twice. -2

Metro experiments with Muzak at Blue Line stations; now people stranded on broken escalators can listen to elevator music. -4

Students at Southeast elementary school complain of maggots and bugs in cafeteria’s hot dogs; schools czar Gen. Julius Becton offers to air-drop MREs onto school playground. -7

Radio talk-show host Derek McGinty bolts WAMU (88.5 FM) for CBS gig with Bryant Gumbel; network offers Mark Plotkin position as video librarian. -4

Prince George’s County cop busts Wizards star Chris Webber for driving under influence, assaulting officer, and then calling time out. -5

Thieves steal Mayor Barry’s limousine from police department garage; police recover car but not mayor’s copy of What Color Is Your Parachute? -2

Subtotal: -26

Shots in the Arm:

Once-murder-ridden Benning Heights celebrates one year of peace on the streets; Golan Heights officials ask for pointers. +9

Sports mogul Abe Pollin presents $840,000 MCI Center sales-tax check to District; control board says that’ll be just enough to cover staff bonuses. +7

D.C. panel to scrutinize Boy Scouts’ ban on gays; Webelo leaders cry foul, saying they can’t give out patches for flower arranging. +3

Home rule activists protest hiring of chief management officer Camille Cates Barnett, a white woman overseeing a black city; after one day in bureaucracy, Barnett finds mismanagement comes in all hues. +7

Clinton authorizes $120 million in additional

aid to District: $50 million for economic development, $25 million for Metro improvements, and unspecified amount to hire more interns. +9

D.C. Commission on Women solicits nominations for 1998 D.C. Women’s Hall of Fame; Mary Treadwell is early favorite to go all the

way. +1

Subtotal: +36